Last Mughal (P/B)

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Penguin Books India, 2007 - Delhi (India) - 608 pages
12 Reviews
Winner Of The Duff Cooper Prize For History 2007

Bahadur Shah Zafar Ii, The Last Mughal Emperor, Was A Mystic, A Talented Poet, And A Skilled Calligrapher, Who, Though Deprived Of Real Political Power By The East India Company, Succeeded In Creating A Court Of Great Brilliance, And Presided Over One Of The Great Cultural Renaissances Of Indian History. In 1857 It Was Zafar S Blessing To A Rebellion Among The Company S Own Indian Troops That Transformed An Army Mutiny Into The Largest Uprising The British Empire Ever Had To Face.

The Last Mughal Is A Portrait Of The Dazzling Delhi Zafar Personified, And The Story Of The Last Days Of The Great Mughal Capital And Its Final Destruction In The Catastrophe Of 1857. Shaped From Groundbreaking Material, William Dalrymple S Powerful Retelling Of This Fateful Course Of Events Is An Extraordinary Revisionist Work With Clear Contemporary Echoes. It Is The First Account To Present The Indian Perspective On The Siege, And Has At Its Heart The Stories Of The Forgotten Individuals Tragically Caught Up In One Of The Bloodiest Upheavals In History.
 

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

A book about the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857. The first attempt to free itself of foreign rule and war of Independence. This was the beginning of the end for the Mughal Empire in particular and Muslim ... Read full review

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User Review  - johnwbeha - LibraryThing

This is undoubtedly an excellent historical narrative about a place and a time of which I knew nothing when I started the book and I appreciate the enormous amount of time and energy Dalrymple and his ... Read full review

Contents

A Chessboard King
27
Believers and Infidels
58
An Uneasy Equilibrium
85
The Near Approach of the Storm
114
The Sword of the Lord of Fury
143
This Day of Ruin and Riot
193
A Precarious Position
229
Blood for Blood
257
The Turn of the Tide
305
To Shoot Every Soul
346
Glossary
487
Bihliogmphy
549
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